The announcement today of the the Apple iPad really brings into sharp focus the emerging Google vs Apple battle coming up – especially in Mobile markets. Google is taking an open approach using open Android+open Chrome OS as Linux derived operating systems. And the use of open HTML in ChromeOS for plugins plus support for Adobe Flash means a shipload of software can be downloaded easily into apps on Google devices.
Meanwhile, Apple has widened its lead in two respects. Its iPad=iPhone4g is bigger and better than any device that Google and vendors are offering. Second, its number of applications continues to grow exponentially – up to 140,000 from 100k in just a month’s time. Many vendors use iPhone apps as loss leaders into their full products especially if they run on a Mac or PC. Developers are making money on the iPhone and will do so on iPad. Now, Book publishers have a eReader platform in which they can do so as well. Not yet Google.
So look at the battle lines – Google – open standards in OS and plugins, many hardware vendors, no cut on software sales, Web software for plugins. Apple – everything closed, but big leads on size of device and number of apps. Question – does Win Mobile 7 stand a chance now?